The forest practices of Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines came under the spotlight this week at the sixth annual Conference of the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity.

The two-week conference in The Hague, due to finish on April 19, debated sustainable management of the world’s forests and the fight against deforestation.

Objectives included prioritising biodiversity conservation efforts on the most endangered forest ecosystems and ensuring market mechanisms are complemented by legislation, regulation and certification.

Reducing the impact of climate change and forest fires, plus strengthening forest biodviersity assessment and monitoring were also on the agenda.

Previously the four tropical producers have proved relucant to accepting forestry proposals from the wider international community which, they consider, do not take account of local conditions.